Key Considerations for Understanding Your Workload

Before attempting any schema design, it is critical to understand the nature of the workload. Ask yourself the following questions before getting started:

  • Is data loaded in trickles, large batches, or concurrent inserts? Is data frequently updated? See the Load Data and Concurrent Multi-Insert Examples pages to learn more.

  • Is data ingest speed more important than query performance? See the Query Tuning page for more information.

  • Are the queries mostly working with a small subset of rows related to the entire dataset (probably 0.1% or less)? Are the queries dealing with the entire dataset or a big subset of the data? See the Use the Workload Manager page to learn more.

  • Which tables do you tend to join and what columns do you use to join them? See the Query Performance Tools page for more information on how to improve join performance.

  • What columns do you tend to use in filters? See the Query Performance Tools page for more information about how to improve query filtering performance.

Last modified: October 25, 2023

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